TRIBUTES have been paid to a highly respected community figure whose tireless efforts helped drive the South Queensferry children’s festival – the Ferry Fair – from strength to strength.
Kenny Sinclair died last month at the age of 65 after losing a battle with cancer.
He lived all his life in South Queensferry, and was educated at the community’s primary and secondary schools.
A joiner by trade, he was also a skilled glazer and forged a reputation as a useful handyman around his home town.
Friends said he was never too busy to lend a helping hand.
But many will remember him best for his crucial role in running the annual Ferry Fair, having spent 17 years as a dedicated member of its organising committee.
Kenny’s widow Moira said: “Kenny never looked for praise. He was always unassuming. He just got on with the job.
“We were married near 39 years and he never moaned. He never had a bad word to say about anyone and he always spoke highly of people.”
Friend Graeme Holmes, who is the chairman of the Ferry Fair committee, said Kenny’s impact on the South Queensferry community could be felt in many ways.
He said: “I know that he helped out with other things as well as the fair.
“He helped out with the Christmas lights, and also with the lifeboats. He was the kind of man who would help out anybody if asked.
“He was genuine – a gentle guy who was always so reliable.”
Moria said her husband would “come alive” during the festival, and joked that he devoted so much time to its smooth running that it was almost like he had left home during the week-long extravaganza.
She recalled: “He would normally take the week off work when it was Fair time. It lasts the whole week and Kenny would be there each day and night.
“He was really passionate about it. During Fair week he’d barely be in the house.
“He’d pop in for his tea and be away back out again.”
Even this year, despite being diagnosed with cancer, he continued to help the fair in any way that he could, showing all the qualities that made him such an integral part of the local community.
With help from Moira, he would hand out programmes to visitors in the same enthusiastic fashion that he had always done.
Hundreds turned out for his funeral service at Warriston Crematorium, where a collection raised £1063, which Moira decided to donate to Marie Curie Cancer Care.
She said: “I was overwhelmed with the support. There was a collection, and the money was given to Marie Curie as their nurses looked after Kenny right up until the day he died.”